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May 15, 2015

Construction Award • Public Building
$50 million-$100 million

Photo courtesy of Walsh Construction
Walsh built Lander Hall on a tight urban site in the University District.

Lander Hall

Location: Seattle

General contractor: Walsh Construction

Owner/developer: University of Washington

Primary designer: Mithun

This 242,000-square-foot University of Washington student housing building includes 349 units and 643 beds over seven floors, as well as student services, offices, study lounges, a laundry area, dining hall and a 3,000-square-foot kitchen facility that serves the entire West Campus neighborhood.

With the very constrained urban site surrounded by constant pedestrian, bike and vehicle activity, traffic was managed on all perimeters with physical barriers, clear signage and off-duty police flaggers.

Walsh Construction was selected early in the design process and worked with UW to develop a phased plan that provided emergency-power infrastructure for nine neighboring buildings and the large kitchen/dining facility within Lander Hall, with final turnover of residential units one month later.

Lander was the first UW project to utilize new state-authorized MEP early-selection methods. Involving subcontractors early in the project allowed extensive coordination using 3-D modeling tools.

Walsh applied BIM-based solutions to prefabrication, logistics and safety, as well as many other construction scenarios. By clearly specifying a precise typical layout for wall studs and cavities, the company supported a highly efficient pre-cutting/pre-assembly scheme.

Walsh helped the project to achieve a LEED gold rating, exceeding the targeted silver rating. With 86,172 worker hours, the project had an OSHA recordable-incident rate of 6.96, and no lost-time accidents.

Troy Stahlecker, a senior project manager at UW, said the Walsh team had a “will-do attitude… that ultimately led to delivery on time, on schedule and on budget — success on three indicators that I monitor and measure closely.”

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